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Matthew for Everyone: Chapters 1-15 Part 1

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    Tom Wright(Author)

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Tom Wright has completed a tremendous task: to provide comprehensive guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to furnish them with his own fresh translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable commentary with helpful background information. The format makes it appropriate also for daily study.

'Each book is written in Wright's familiar, accessible language and can be used for either individual or group study to enhance reader understanding of the Bible.' Life and Work 'This enterprise is probably the most exciting thing to have happened in Christian education for many years.' Expository Times "A rare event: a commentary that is learned without being stuffy, accessible without being reductionist. Tom Wright joins us in our homes and workplaces, our sanctuaries and classrooms, in genial, prayerful conversation over this text that forms our lives, the New Testament scriptures." Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, and author of The Message --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Tom Wright(Author)
  • SPCK Publishing; Re-issue edition (March 20, 2014)
  • English
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  • By Fr. Charles Erlandson on August 15, 2010

    "Matthew for Everyone" is part of the New Testament series of books by N.T. Wright, which includes "Mark for Everyone" all the way through "Revelation for Everyone." The series is nothing less than sensational and, in spite of his contributions to theological debates, is one of Wright's most important contributions to the good of the Church.I'm studying various commentaries and devotionals to find those that are most profitable for God's people, including myself, and Wright's "_______ for Everyone" series is a magnificent set of commentaries I highly recommend. One of the most remarkable aspects of the series is Wright himself who is not only a world-class theologian and scholar but also, it turns out, an exceptional popular writer. In each volume in the series, Wright makes use of his academic knowledge of the language of the Bible (he provides his own translation of each book!) and the historical and literary background and combines it with an enjoyable, readable style. He has accomplished something that I as a priest, teacher, and writer can only hope to imitate in a less monumental way.Wright's commentaries have a different flavor from most commentaries. He doesn't comment on or explain each verse but looks at each passage as a whole, making comments on the key themes and most important points. He brings to life the distant ancient world of the New Testament in a way that Everyone can understand. One of the things that helps him do this is the useful illustrations that he uses throughout. While the books in the series are not exactly devotional commentaries, the fact that they are popular, use illustrations, and offer brief reflections on the meaning of the passage for today, they can be used in devotional way. They occupy approximately the same ground as the classic commentary set by Barclay's, which is still very useful but which is also marred with some degree of liberalism."Matthew for Everyone: Part One" covers Matthew chapters 1-15, and you will want to get Part Two as well, since Matthew should be read in its entirety to properly understand it. One of the things Wright does in "Matthew for Everyone: Part One" is to help us to learn to be surprised by Jesus again. One example of the way Wright makes things surprising for us again is in his translation of the famous Beatitudes. Instead of the traditional and perhaps too familiar, "Blessed are the poor in spirit," Wright translates Matthew 5:3 as "Wonderful news for the poor in spirit!" He continues to help us see Jesus' teachings in a fresh way by connecting the Beatitudes to the Lord's Prayer, so that we understand that those who follow Jesus are to begin to live by His rule here and now. So often in "Matthew for Everyone" he gets to the heart of a passage that weightier commentaries can miss or obscure.Although sometimes Wright's comments can be ordinary and not so fresh, this is a remarkable first book in this wonderful series.

  • By D. S. Bornus on April 21, 2010

    For those unfamiliar with Wright's "______ for Everyone" series, they are a series of commentaries on the New Testament books by Bishop Wright based on his extensive historical scholarship. He provides his own translation (based on his study of the source languages) which is a very engaging paraphrase. The text is divided up into chronological topic-based segments, followed by a 2-3 page sermonette/commentary based on that section.This edition is volume 1 of a two-volume set, containing chapters 1-15 of the Gospel of Matthew.Wright's commentaries are filled with interesting insights. In this volume, the last is one of the best, when he uses an analogy of 3-D glasses and Bible study: if we don't understand the story of Jesus in terms of first-century Palestine and God's plan for saving the world, the gospel accounts can seem confusing and difficult, like looking at a 3-D movie without the special glasses. But after we put them on, then things come into focus in depth. Throughout this volume, Wright gives us a set of 3-D specs for understanding Matthew's gospel and the depths and nuances of the story.The Gospel of Matthew contains a series of "mountaintop experiences" and five "discourses." Throughout, they are a story of authority: Jesus' authority displayed on the Sermon on the Mount, and exercised in his various healings. His anointing as king is contrasted with the illegitimacy of the Herods. (One allusion to this is Jesus' allusion to the "reed shaking in the wind" in Matthew 11 - an image, Wright relates, which was found on Herod's coinage as his symbol.)Wright reveals interesting insights. For example, Jesus' reference to "tying up the strong man" so that his house can be robbed is an allusion to overcoming Satan in Matthew 4 during his 40-day wilderness fast. The parables of the weeds in the field, the mustard seed, and leaven in bread are symbols of having to wait for the unfolding of God's kingdom, like letting a field of tares and wheat grow to maturity. Another insight Wright reveals is to suggest Jesus' compassion on the crowds during the feeding of the 5,000 was tied up with his tender feelings of grief over the death of his cousin John, when the crowds intruded upon his solitude during his wilderness retreat.I recommend that you have volume 2 in hand before you begin volume 1, because you will want to continue with it right away.

  • By Pres rev on April 15, 2015

    N.T. Wright gives a view that is thoughtful and not common but it is easy to see how he develops it from the scripture.

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